Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self is the account of an extraordinarily talented lucid dreamer who goes beyond the boundaries of both psychology and religion. In the process, he stumbles upon the Inner Self.
While lucid (consciously aware) in the dream state and able to act and interact with dream figures, objects, and settings, dream expert Robert Waggoner experienced something transformative and unexpected. He was able to interact consciously with the dream observer - the apparent Inner Self - within the dream. At first this seemed shocking, even impossible, since psychology normally alludes to such theoretical inner aspects as the Subliminal Self, the Center, the Internal Self-Helper in vague and theoretical ways. Waggoner came to realize, however, that aware interaction with the Inner Self was not only possible, but actual and highly inspiring. He concluded that while aware in the dream state, one has both a psychological tool and a platform from which to understand dreaming and the larger picture of man's psyche as well. Waggoner proposes 5 stages of lucid dreaming and guides readers through them, offering advice for those who have never experienced the lucid dream state and suggestions for how experienced lucid dreamers can advance to a new level.
Lucid Dreaming offers exciting insights and vivid illustrations that will intrigue not only avid dreamworkers but anyone who is interested in consciousness, identity, and the definition of reality.
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I awake in bed, totally astounded, my heart pounding and head reeling. Never
had I felt such intense feelings of elation, energy, and utter freedom. I had done it!
I had seen my hands literally fly up to face level in my dreams as if propelled by
some magical force and I realized, “This is a dream!” At the age of sixteen, I had
become conscious in the dream state. And suddenly, like Dorothy in Oz, I was not
in Kansas any more. Well, actually, I was in Kansas for another year, until I left for
At the time, I chastised myself for my lack of concentration and wavering focus,
but later I came to feel that these natural responses were actually the best
approach, since the waking ego seemed too tired to care about the game my
conscious mind wanted to play. In fact, don Juan suggested that the waking ego
often felt threatened by the more profound nature of our inner realm. Perhaps a
sleepy ego would be less likely to interfere. My next few lucid dreams were
lessons in exquisite ...
It felt soft and grass-like. I marveled at how lifelike and realistic everything looked
and how I could think about what I was seeing and choose what to do next. I
touched myself and, Wow, even I felt real! But I knew my awareness existed
within a dream and I was touching a representation of my physical body, which
only felt like a real body. Trying to make sense of what I was seeing, I had the
intuitive feeling that the building housed computers and was somewhere in the
Facing her, I felt the dream figure's energy evaporate into me, as a wispy, colored
, light vapor washing toward me. The “discarded aspect” had apparently been
welcomed home. As it happened, in the week after this dream I felt new energy
regarding a project that I had discarded years ago as unachievable. The project?
You're holding it in your hands. It feels odd to say that reintegrating a discarded
aspect into yourself brings a certain energy and imaginative spirit, but after this
I felt incredible energy all around me. Remembering don Juan's advice, I told
myself not to fear and just go along with it. Don Juan had told Castaneda that fear
was the first barrier to overcome, since the ego used fear as a reason not to
explore one's totality and, instead, maintain the ego's dominance of the waking
self. During one of these buzzing episodes, I noticed that I seemed suspended in
space. I viewed the room from a perspective about five feet above my physical
body, which, ...
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Beyond Freuds Pleasure Principle
Independent Agents and the Voice of the Unconscious
FeelingTones and Review Committees
Experiencing the Light of Awareness
Connecting with the Hidden Observer of Dreaming
Healing Yourself and Others
Consciously Connecting via Telepathy
ForwardLooking Precognitive Lucid Dreams
Mutual Lucid Dreaming
Interacting with the Deceased
The Unified Self in a Connected Universe
Frequently Asked Questions
Tips and Techniques
The Five Stages of Lucid Dreaming
EXPLORING THE PSYCHE
Creating the Dream Reality
Varieties of Dream Figures
Fishing for Information